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ates, emerging as the leading airport for the fruit’s exports
According to data from the Agricultural and Processed
Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and
the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and
Statistics (DGCIS), Bengaluru has accounted for 99 per cent
of the total pomegranate exports from Karnataka.
Global freight carriers such as Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways,
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines altogether accounted for most of
the perishables uplift.
“September has been very positive for us as we processed 32,449 metric tonnes of cargo which is 85 metric
tonnes or 0.26 per cent higher than September 2019 tonnage
signalling an encouraging trend,” said Hari Marar, Managing Director of Bangalore International Airport Limited
(BIAL) - that owns and operates Bengaluru Airport.
“At Bengaluru Airport, the exports are currently growing at around
8 per cent. As economic activities are
expected to return to normal levels in
the coming months with the easing of
restrictions, we believe this will be
sustained growth. In the next 18
months, we expect annual cargo volume to reach pre-COVID-19 levels,
post which we expect to see further
growth,” Marar added.
At Bengaluru Airport, the cargo
infrastructure has been built to ensure the rapid distribution of perishable cargo.
The airport has two dedicated
cold zones– AISATS Coolport with the
capacity to handle 40,000 MT per annum and temperature zones ranging
from -25 to +25 0 Celsius under the
same roof, across 17 dedicated cold
rooms, and Menzies Aviation Bobba
Bangalore with the capacity to handle
20,000 MT per annum, across temperatures ranging from +15 to +25 0
Celsius for 20 ULD pallets and +2 to
+80 Celsius for 2 ULD pallets.
course of action
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is striving to establish an integrated and seamless network of cold
chain grid and infrastructure for the
uninterrupted transfer of perishables
from production to consumption areas/centers. This would maintain the
safety, quality, and quantity and storage of perishable produce such as
fruits and vegetables, dairy products,
meat, fish marine, poultry, ready to
eat food products.
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The Ministry of
announced that 27
meetings under the
scheme for cold
Minister of Food
Saving perishable produce, by provisioning
adequate infrastructure, will not only help in
augmenting farmers’ incomes but will also act
as a small step towards making India ‘atma
nirbhar’ in the fruits and vegetable sector. They
will not only provide a big boost to the growth of
food processing infrastructure but also help in
streamlining the agricultural supply chain.
It recently announced that 27 projects were approved in Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee
(IMAC) meetings under the scheme for cold chain,
value addition and preservation infrastructure of
Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY).
The projects have been approved across the states
of Andhra Pradesh (7), Bihar (1), Gujarat (2), Haryana
(4), Karnataka (3), Kerala (1), MP (1), Punjab (1), Rajasthan (2), Tamil Nadu (4), and Uttar Pradesh (1). These 27
new integrated cold chain projects will leverage a total
investment of 743 crores for the creation of modern,
innovative infrastructure and effective cold chain facilities for the food processing sector across the nation.
These projects with a grant-in-aid of Rs 208 crores will
help increase efficiency and sustainability in India’s
food supply chain.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, former Union Minister of
Food Processing Industries said, “Saving perishable
produce, by provisioning adequate infrastructure, will
not only help in augmenting farmers’ incomes but will